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catalyst - agent which brings about a chemical change while it remains unaffected and unchanged; CF. catalysis
ambush - act of lying in wait to attack by surprise; sudden attack made from a concealed position; Ex. lie in ambush; V.
catharsis - purging or cleansing of any passage of the body; purging and weakening of strong emotions as a result of experiencing a dramatic work of art
controvert - oppose with arguments; attempt to refute; contradict; ADJ. controversial; N. controversy
trappings - outward decorations; ornaments (as an outward sign of rank)
askew - crookedly; slanted; at an angle
phlegmatic - calm and unexcitable; not easily disturbed; CF. phlegm: sticky mucus produced in the respiratory tract
ultimatum - last demand; last warning; last statement of conditions that must be met; Ex. They have ignored our ultimatum.
voluminous - having great volume (as of a garment or container); bulky; large
downcast - disheartened; dejected; sad; directed downward